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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Us Against You by Fredik Backman, read by John Sackville. 

A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two.

Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow.

How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time?

Us Against You is a spell-binding exposition of small-town life in all its flawed complexity.

©2018 Fredrik Backman (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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brilliant .

my new favourite author . will be buying his books as Christmas presents. listening again.

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  • 12-11-18

A disappointing sequel

Didn't finish this. The prose was overly complex and repetitive with nothing happening. A shame.

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I want to live in Beartown

Following swiftly on from Fredrik Backman’s Beartown this is another stunning novel. Ove got me reading printed text again after quite a break (I’m a fussy reader). I started Beartown on the kindle but moved onto the audiobook version after a couple of chapters and some long car journeys. I’ll not discuss characters or plot but would say I really enjoyed John Sackvilles narration. The use of rural accents for the characters adds to atmosphere created by the author and helped me immerse myself in the story. Fantastic.

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The audible version wasn't for me!

Backman writes a great story, as ever but for a story set in Sweden, the odd slightly Welsh then west country accents of the narrator threw me totally!

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An observation of life and relationships

Loved this. A gentle story dealing with significsnt life events and how this affects the wider community. All with the back drop of ice hockey.
This is the 4th book I've read by the author, who is becoming one of my favourites. Good narration, and hard to put down.

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Damn you Backman!

This man toys with my emotions. These Beartown books are bleak and hopeful at the same time.
The characters are brought to life by excellent writing and brilliant narration.
I don’t normally go for books of this nature however I bought them on the strength of Backman’s previous excellent works.
Just as you expect a normal nice thing to happen it doesn’t and exactly the opposite too!
Highly recommended!!!

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Wonderful sequel!

Fredrick Backman, an author who portentiously portrays emotions. Don’t miss it! I’m looking forward to his next novel. Can’t wait!

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edge of your seat rollercoaster

amazing as always! heart wrenching, funny, emotional rollercoaster. read beautifully, written even better. you know where id's going, but the suspense of how you get there is addictive.

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Engaging, Energetic & Encompassing

There’s something comforting about Backman’s characters, despite the hard, dysfunctional & regularly violent traits. In contrast, a gentleness & abundance of community spirit is knitted in to the fabric of Bear Town, a place where ice hockey is the life blood. Thoughtful, colourful & interesting. The narrator John Sackville is superb.

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  • soretha
  • 09-09-18

Loved it...

As always, amazing book and performance! Would recommend it to anyone looking for a real story...

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  • Linda Hrönn Eggertsdóttir
  • 05-08-18

Grate book, grate author. My favorite

Amazing book, so full of motions and descriptions of human nature. Would recommend everyone to read his books




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  • Jesutofunmi Mojeed
  • 25-07-18

In Awe of This Man

Never has a book made me shed so many tears, in so many public places.
I am in awe of how Frederick Backman writes.
How he’s able to make you feel things you didn’t know you were capable of feeling.

Thank you for this book, so timely. We all needed it.

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  • Dans.
  • 20-07-18

He always makes me cry

About 3/4 of the way through I thought, I love this, but not as much as Bear Town. But oh, the ending had left a big lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. And I just was Benji to be a real person. Because how can you not love Benji?